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National Windsurfing Championships 2018
16/11/18
Iona receiving her trophy from Guy Cribb having come first in her fleet (4.5m)

Nigel

Nigel & Buddy at Westward Ho!
24/08/07
Our dedicated hosts for the weekend.

Diary summary statistics

By Board
By Sail
By Board/sail
VenuesBoard sizeTotal
08590100102106124125130150
Weymouth     1  1 2
North Devon5  12     8
Datchet Reservoir, Windsor    14 22110
Poole 21 7103 3 26
Christchurch 1   2    3
Lepe & Calshot     1    1
Borth1         1
Total63111018326151

Each cell shows number of sessions, click on a cell for more details.

Poole on 08/12/18

Rating:3 star rating
Board:90 litres
Sail:4.5

Not much going on when I first arrived so rigged up my 6.0m & 102 board , then after a while a massive increase in wind strength so dropped down to my 4.5m & 90l board, this was fine for a time but the wind just kept increasing so when I could not hang on any longer I decided to call it a day, good fun while it lasted.

Poole on 03/12/18

Rating:3 star rating
Board:102 litres
Sail:5.2

After a weekend of fitful conditions I managed to get out today at last, with bright warm weather it made it a pleasant sail, still plenty of gusts and holes to keep you on your toes.

Poole on 13/11/18

Rating:2 star rating
Board:130 litres
Sail:7.0

A lighter wind day than the one forecast, but the warm weather & sunshine made up for it.

Datchet Reservoir, Windsor on 13/10/18

Rating:3 star rating
Board:125 litres
Sail:6.0

Warm,sunny & windy so off to datchet for some gusty & holely conditions, which are not very foil friendly, and although it's 80feet deep Thames water have now taken so much out its only about 20feet deep which means the wind is now bouncing off the walls, dispite this its on my door step, theres a new influx of keen windsurfers and foilers & that makes a difference to being there on my own. Decided with my 6.0 m sail & slingshot wizard foil board, unfortunately this is not a beginner's board but came at the right price off e bay, besides whatever you rig here its not often correct.. After a fair bit of falling off & swimming I managed to get some flights across the water, With the sound of the neil pryde foil making its trade mark whistle, (yea sounded more like a screaming diving stuka plane), this incurred a number of high speed, high impact falls being tossed like a rag doll through the air & landing 10 to 15 feet away from the board, as its so sensitive to weight transfer. When I came in the other foilers came over for a chat, that's when I found out they were only using 4.5m sails!!, but they were not going as well.

Poole on 18/09/18

Rating:3 star rating
Board:102 litres
Sail:5.2

With some big gusts along with some big holes it was feeling like home waters datchet , when the wind was up the smooth water condition made it fun to practice carve jibes. Not sure where the big winds went that were forecast!!

North Devon on 28/08/18

Rating:4 star rating
Board:102 litres
Sail:6.0

We arrived early on Thursday hoping to take advantage of the 20 plus mph wind forecast for today & the weekend, unfortunately this never arrived it was more like 13 to 17mph most of the time, still I had to try and with little gaps between the white water it proved to be a thank less task. Friday & Sunday I took the blokart out & had a cracking time flying up & down the beach, reaching speeds just under 40mph with just a few inches off the ground & on a wet slippery surface it feels pretty quick & very exciting. Mark & Paul c spent a lot of time enjoying there new hobby fishing & even managed to get me envolved crabbing off Appledore quay for a very entertaining evening's fun, as usual this soon became competitive with big cheers every time one was caught much to the amusement of the passers by. Chris & Kerry went out surfing on Saturday, then went windsurfing on monday & managed to stay out a good few hours on big kit..
All in another great fun weekend.

Datchet Reservoir, Windsor on 19/08/18

Rating:2 star rating
Board:125 litres
Sail:5.2

Usual nightmare weather at datchet wind blowing from 14 to 23mph. Tried out my latest toy a hydro_ foil, but ended up playing to safe with the 5.2 and under powered 90% of the time. Maybe not the best day to try it out.!

Poole on 10/08/18

Rating:4 star rating
Board:102 litres
Sail:5.2

Just about managed to hang on to my 5.2, some really big gusts came through along with some rain, but most of the time it was warm & sunny, dropped down to my 90 litre towards the end for a bit more control, very enjoyable sail.

Poole on 28/07/18

Rating:4 star rating
Board:102 litres
Sail:5.2

Warm strong wind made a very enjoyable sail, started off nicely powered up then it just kept building to being well over powered, by which time there was nothing left in the tank, so packed up with a big smile.

Poole on 17/07/18

Rating:3 star rating
Board:106 litres
Sail:7.0

Had to wait until lunch time before the wind kicked in, bang on time as usual , I started off on my 130 then changed to my 106, nicely powered up on my 7.0m, the warmest I have been sailing for a long time only a shorty wetsuit required, and the wind stayed up for us at last! All made more enjoyable sailing with Mark & Paul C.

 
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